The new restructuration in UR has been done from six colleges five and campuses will be relocated, without waiting the proposal to be approved by parliament, and High Education council has rejected the measure.
In this proposed restructuration done on Monday the College of arts and Social Sciences (CASS) and the College of Business and Economics (CBE) have been combined in one college of law, Economics and governance(CLEG) and will be located in Huye.
No restructuration in the College of Medicine and Health Sciences (CMHS) and the College of Science and Technology (CST), in Kigali, former KIE.
Library Sciences College has been added to the College of Education (CE) to become the College of Education and library sciences (CELS),Rukara in Kayonza Eastern province.
The college of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS) will be with the College of Agriculture, Environment and Veterinary Medicine (CAEVM) will remain in Busogo/Musanze.
According to the law governing University of Rwanda N°71/2013 dated on 10/09/2013. In which a number of colleges is determined and confirmed like College of Arts and Social Sciences(CASS), College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences(CAVM), College of Business and Economics(CBE), College of Medicine and Health Sciences(CMHS), College of Education(CE) as well as the College of Science and Technology(CST).
According to the academic and research vice chancellor of UR, Prof Nelsona in his interview with the media; he states that the restructuration is done in order to reduce the budget that was provided to those colleges whereas it was not necessary and to improve the system in education delivery.
“Before our restructuration was done and we combine all public universities and institutions in one of University of Rwanda. Then after we find that there are some similarities in the syllabuses of some colleges for example CASS and CBE, we suggested that we have also to combine them to facilitate our lecturers in case of longue distances that they do from one college to another, we combine them together.” He says
“This was done to improve the quality of education and reduce the budget that was used in delivering services in different colleges.”
The vice chancellor adds that they have 14 campuses and after we reduced them we have 10. The students will be displaced from their colleges respectively.
Prof Ijumba adds that some of the campuses are going to close like Byumba, Kibungo, Kabgayi and Nyamishaba and the students have to join their faculties where they are.
This restructuration is done before the revision of that law that the government has recommended to the parliament, what the vice chancellor of Institutional Advancement, Dr Charles Muligande, recalls as a proposal, but, “The reality is that we proposed to restructuration and we are ready to start with this new system.
However Dr Muligande confirms this, while the relocation announcement invites students to reach their colleges respectively in the academic year 2017-2018.
At the beginning of the year 2016 the cabinet recommended to the parliament to revise the law that governing the UR. The parliament commission in charge of education, ICT, Culture and the Youth was proposed to revise the law that governing university and higher institutions.
They postponed the UR law because there’re some of requirements of UR in this law could be based on the law governing the HEC.
After the revision of the law governing High education council, and its publication in official gazette, the parliament could tackle the UR law and its revision and was banned by some challenges. The parliament decided to postpone the revision in order to know all about the requirements from UR.
The parliament started the holydays before the parliament revises the law and came back on 7 September 2017.
Me Janvier Bayingana, argues that till now, we have to consider the law that governing UR published in 2013, where all restructuration must be based on this law.
The new nomination of colleges was done illegally because it could be done after the publication of the law, as when the parliament rejects the new relocation of schools it will be another challenge.
He says “All restructuration must be done after the law was set but for them they did it before the law. This means that it is an illegal restructuration. We are not sure on the stability of this restructuration. Firstly, it is better to set the law that governing the new restructuration before. Secondly, they could whait the law and its promulgation so that the restructuration will be based on and not the UR to propose what could be done during the restructuration. And this was illegally done”
And to sum up, “If it was possible that the university announces its restructuration without collaborating the government and the revision of law, it could do it but the revision was provided to be done by the parliament. This means that there are some articles that hinder this restructuration.”
HEC warning UR
Last Wednesday, September 13th, HEC addresses a letter to UR, in accordance with law n°01/2017 governing functioning of high institutions, in article 20.
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